Beetle with big pinchers?
Location:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
September 29, 2010 5:10 pm
Hi! Found this beetle in a parking lot in Winnipeg, Manitoba around midnight around Sept. 19th. It was about 10oC or 50oF, and there were about 50 of the same bugs all over the lot. Wondering if you could identify it for me? Thanks!
Signature:  Emily F.


Hi Emily,
The Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is one of our most common identification requests, and it seems we must have close to 100 images of Toe-Biters posted to our site.  People frequently mistake this True Bug for a beetle.  We like to post a new image of a Toe-Biter  every once in awhile.

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September 29, 2010
Location:  Santiago de Cuba
Hi Daniel,
Sorry I didn’t provide more details.
The congregation of moths was all over the old Spanish fortress, on the walls, the ground, everywhere! Even inside open rooms. No trees anywhere near, and very little other vegetation.
I’m attaching a photo of what I believe is a white witch, and one of a section of wall about 1 sq meter, where I counted at least 10 moths.

Owl Moth

Hi again Ben,
We are sad to inform you that this interesting white moth is NOT a White Witch which is the largest moth in the world if the measurement is determined by wingspan.  We believe this is a smaller relative in the same genus, the Owl Moth,
Thysania zenobia, which we identified on the Moth Photographers Group website and then matched it on BugGuide.

Unknown Bug
Location:  Sonoma, CA
September 29, 2010 3:00 am
I found this bug in my bathtub tonight 09/28/10. I live in northern California and have never seen anything like this before.
Signature:  Michael

Snakefly Larva

Hi Michael,
This is a Beetle Larva, but we are not certain what family it belongs to.  We often have trouble with the identification of larval stages.  We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance.

Correction thanks to Eric Eaton
I can appreciate your hectic life.  I have much the same situation here, and not liking it much…..
Congrats on the book!  Let me know how I can help crank up those sales…..
Well, it is not a beetle larva for one thing.  At least, I’m pretty sure this is the larva of a snakefly, order Raphidioptera:
Easy mistake to make, and it took repeated encounters before I learned the difference, too.

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Unknow Bug…
Location:  Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
September 29, 2010 5:24 am
Can you please identify this ”bug”? I noticed this guy on my fathers deck about a 5 weeks ago. He is about as big as your thumb, and was waving his ”head” about when first noticed.
Signature:  Dan

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hi Dan,
This is the Caterpillar of a Tiger Swallowtail, though we cannot say for certain if it is a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail,
Papilio canadensis, which is well documented on BugGuide, or the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, also depicted on BugGuide, as the ranges of the two species overlap and they look quite similar.  Both species have green caterpillars that turn orange or brown and leave the trees where they have been feeding as they prepare to pupate.

Location:  Eastern part of the Philippines, particulartly Dingalan, Aurora Province
September 28, 2010 7:00 pm
Hello! Could you please identify this bug. Would be happy to know the scientific name and common name of this bug.
Signature:  anyway comfortable to you.

Root Borer from the Philippines

Dear anyway,
Your photo is quite blurry, which would have probably made any conclusive identification impossible, but luckily, we received another letter from the Philippines today with correctly focused images of what we believe to be a Prionid Root Borer
Ziglipton sanchezi, probably the same beetle you submitted.

Longhorn Beetle?

Prionid Root Borer

Longhorn Beetle?
Location:  Philippines
September 28, 2010 10:29 pm
We found this bug in our home recently. It was really big. Looking through the internet, I thinks it’s some sort of longhorn beetle. What do you guys think?
Signature:  Ross

Prionid Root Borer

Hi Ross,
That is some impressive beetle.  We believe we have correctly identified your Longhorned Borer Beetle in the subfamily Prioninae, the Root Borers, as
Ziglipton sanchezi by comparing your images to mounted images on the Salagubang Philippine Beetles website.  Sadly, we are unable to locate any photos online of living specimens.  Interestingly, we did receive another letter today with some blurry images of what appears to be the same beetle, and we will post that letter as well.

Prionid Root Borer

Correction: Anomophysis aegrota perhaps
We just received a comment that this may be Anomophysis aegrota, and we believe looks to be a closer match.  It can also be found on Salagubang Philippine Beetles website.